In September 2009 Grady Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia closed their out-patient dialysis clinic, leaving 96 uninsured and under-insured immigrant patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD) who needs on-going and regularly scheduled dialysis treatments to survive. Not having any other means to sustain the care for their patients, the physicians at Grady reached out to us, a group of community advocates, to intercede and find a solution. We were these community advocates.
We implemented a five-step strategic plan to sustain the care of the ESRD patients that we call the Community Action Care Plan (CACP). To learn more about this plan and our efforts to address this crisis in care go to Dialysis Crisis.
Incorporating as the Advocates for Responsible in October 2010, we began to extend our agenda to other critical patient advocacy issues.
One issue that has become the cornerstone of our organization is facilitating the Keeping Treatment in Reach Movement, a movement to stop insurance companies from shifting the cost of special-tier medications (i.e. specialty drugs that are injected or infused) to chronically or acutely ill patients. We are also engaged in …